Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo

26-Year-Old CenterC
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Adebayo may not be the most prolific in any single category, but his all-around production is a valuable asset at the center position. Due to being one of Miami's only big men, the 26-year-old center was relied upon heavily on both the offensive and defensive end for the Heat. He played 75 games in 2022-23 and averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 34.6 minutes. Adebayo is one of the best passers at the center position, although his production has decreased from his 5.4 assists per game in 2020-21. While he is also one of the best defensive players in basketball, his counting stats don't necessarily jump out. Regardless, he ranked 21st in total fantasy points last year due to his availability and ability to average nearly a 20-point double-double. He also shot 80.6 percent on 5.4 free-throw attempts, which is an excellent mark for a center. The losses of Max Strus and Gabe Vincent and the additions of Thomas Bryant and Josh Richardson should do little to impact Adebayo's fantasy value. Overall, Adebayo is a reliable option in the late third round or early fourth round in most 12-team formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $163 million contract extension with the Heat in November of 2020.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Edrice Femi Adebayo was born in 1997 in Newark, New Jersey. He goes by the nickname "Bam", which was given to him as a baby after he flipped over a table while watching The Flintstones. Adebayo is the son of Marilyn Blount and John Adebayo. At the high school level, Adebayo spent his first three years at Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina. As a junior, he averaged 32.2 points and 18 rebounds per game. Adebayo transferred to High Point Christian Academy (North Carolina) for his senior season and averaged 18.9 points and 13.0 rebounds. Adebayo led the Cougars to a NCISAA state championship appearance and was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016. The Kentucky commit was selected to play in both the McDonald's All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2016. Adebayo played one season at Kentucky alongside fellow first-round picks De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. He started all 38 games for the Wildcats and averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 30.1 minutes. Adebayo was named to the All-SEC Second Team and the SEC All-Freshman team. He led the team in rebounds, blocks, double-doubles and dunks. His 101 dunks ranked second in the country. Adebayo's foundation -- the Edrice Adebayo Foundation -- aims to help single parents while positively influencing the choices and challenges of children. Follow Adebayo on Twitter and Instagram (@bam1of1). After a successful high school career in North Carolina, Adebayo joined the parade of top recruits to Kentucky. He was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball and played in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games. With De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in the backcourt, Adebayo was not a featured offensive player for the Wildcats, but he provided 13.0 points to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The center had three double-doubles in his first eight games and had eight dub-dubs on the season. The 6-10 postman had a season-high 22 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Missouri. He helped Kentucky win the SEC Tournament with averages of 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Adebayo snatched a season-high 18 rebounds to go with 15 points against Northern Kentucky. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to North Carolina. After the season, Adebayo declared for the 2017 NBA Draft despite having three years of eligibility remaining. He was chosen by the Miami Heat with the 14th overall pick.

Goes for 17 points Sunday
CMiami Heat
April 14, 2024
Adebayo accumulated 17 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals over 19 minutes during Sunday's 118-103 win over Toronto.
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Adebayo only logged 19 minutes, as the Heat wanted to rest him for the Play-In Tournament matchup against the 76ers on Wednesday, but the star big man delivered a strong showing, missing just two shots from the field and making his mark defensively as well. Adebayo posted 39 appearances with at least 20 points while recording 42 double-doubles in the regular season.
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How does Bam Adebayo compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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57.6%
 
Effective Field Goal %
52.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
4.1%
 
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38.1%
 
Offensive Rebound %
7.4%
 
Defensive Rebound %
27.3%
 
Total Rebound %
17.3%
 
Assist %
18.9%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
2.7%
 
Turnover %
9.9%
 
Usage %
24.9%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
41.5
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.2
 
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Could join Team USA for Olympics
CMiami Heat
January 23, 2024
Adebayo is featured in Team USA's initial roster pool for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Adebayo earned a gold medal in the 2020 Olympics with Team USA. His presence would shore up a center position that was a weak point during the 2023 FIBA World Cup, as Jaren Jackson and Bobby Portis struggled to match physicality at times.
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Last year, for the fifth consecutive season, Adebayo increased his points per game, shots per game and steals per game. He averaged a double-double at 19.1 points and 10.1 rebounds to go along with 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per night. Playing a huge role in Miami's perennial success, Adebayo stands as the lone source of interior grit after P.J. Tucker's migration to Philadelphia. Dewayne Dedmon marks the only source of floor spacing depth behind Adebayo. Playing time could hit an all-time high for the 26-year-old. If Miami asks him to anchor the basket more often, an uptick in rebounding and shot blocking is likely. He's ranked between 21st and 34th in eight-category per-game fantasy production over the past three years, so drafting him in that range again -- probably closer to the higher end -- makes sense this season.
Though Adebayo wasn't able to make the All-Star team last season, he put up better numbers than he did as an All-Star in 2019-20. The emerging center averaged 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a combined 2.2 steals-plus-blocks. His impressive defense led to him being voted to the All-Defensive Second Team for a second straight year. He also shot well from both the field (57.0 percent) and the charity stripe (79.9 percent), by big-man standards. Adebayo's production led to him ranking 21st in fantasy on a per-game basis -- a 10-spot jump compared to 2019-20. The 24-year-old figures to keep improving in 2021-22, though the addition of Kyle Lowry will take some scoring and playmaking pressure off of his shoulders. As a result, a slight dip in points and assists wouldn't be surprising, though there could be more available effort to rack up rebounds, steals and blocks. Ultimately, Adebayo is an ascending star on one of the East's top teams who already has a proven track record. He's durable, his floor is high, and he deserves to be selected in the second or third round of most fantasy drafts.
Adebayo took over the Heat's starting center job in 2019-20 after Hassan Whiteside was dealt to the Trail Blazers. Missing just one regular-season contest, Adebayo had a breakout year, earning an All-Star nomination and averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals in 33.6 minutes. His impressive defense led to an All-Defensive Second Team nod, as well. Overall, Adebayo delivered third-round value to fantasy managers on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues -- a leap of 90 spots from a year prior. Heading into 2020-21, Adebayo's role is clearly secure, and he may be able to improve given that he's just 23 years old. He may never become an effective three-point shooter, but bumping up his free-throw percentage is well within reason, and he can likely still grow as a shot-blocker. Adebayo's youth, well-rounded game, lack of an injury history and clear role means he'll be a popular option come draft day, and he'll likely be taken in the second or third round.
Adebayo parlayed his 2017-18 rookie year flashes into a bigger role last season. He came off the bench for 59 of his first 65 appearances in 2018-19, but Adebayo was given a bigger role down the stretch as coach Erik Spoelstra began to trust him over Hassan Whiteside. The result was Adebayo starting 22 of the final 23 games of the season. That's a role he should occupy full-time in 2019-20, as Whiteside was dealt to the Trail Blazers over the summer. In the 13 games Adebayo saw 30-plus minutes last season, he averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a combined 2.2 blocks/steals while shooting an impressive 59.8 percent from the field (102 attempts) and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe (62 attempts). While it seems Adebayo might be destined to be a low-usage offensive player, he should provide strong value to fantasy owners as a rebounder, defender and efficient scorer.
Adebayo, the 14th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2017, was able to make an impact as a rookie. He saw 19.8 minutes per game, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a combined 1.1 blocks/steals. He even drew 19 starts while Hassan Whiteside missed games due to injury. In those tilts, Adebayo averaged 7.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a combined 1.1 steals/blocks across 24.9 minutes -- enough to make him relevant for a stretch in DFS. The 21-year-old doesn't project to see much of an increase in role this season, assuming Hassan Whiteside’s minutes plateau, rather than decrease again. As a result, he can likely be avoided once again during Fantasy drafts, but might be a nice waiver wire target in the case of some frontcourt injuries for the Heat.
Adebayo, a 6-foot-10 power forward/center with a 7-foot-3 wingspan out of Kentucky, was selected 14th overall by the Heat in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played one season in college, posting 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks across 30.1 minutes per game. More was expected from him, though, considering the lofty expectations placed on him out of high school. That said, the Heat seemingly feel good about Adebayo’s upside as an NBA rebounder and shot-blocker, despite his limited shooting range and tendency to get into foul trouble. Adebayo rewarded Miami’s confidence in him by having a dominant summer league in both Orlando and Las Vegas. In Orlando, he posted 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks across 30.8 minutes per game. In Vegas, he averaged 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals across 29.0 minutes per game. He’ll likely struggle to find playing time conducive to reliable Fantasy production however, as he’s seemingly behind Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson in the Heat’s frontcourt. For that reason, he probably won’t be relevant in most year-long Fantasy formats, though could end up providing value in DFS if the Heat get hit with some frontcourt injuries.
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Set to play against Atlanta
CMiami Heat
April 9, 2024
Adebayo (hand) is available for Tuesday's game versus the Hawks, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
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Probable for Tuesday
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Hand
April 8, 2024
Adebayo is probable for Tuesday's game against the Hawks with a left hand sprain.
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All-around performance in win
CMiami Heat
April 6, 2024
Adebayo chipped in 18 points (7-12 FG, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 119-104 victory over the Rockets.
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Solid at both ends Sunday
CMiami Heat
April 1, 2024
Adebayo ended with 22 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 10-12 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, one block and two steals in 37 minutes during Sunday's 119-107 win over Washington.
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Just misses triple-double Friday
CMiami Heat
March 30, 2024
Adebayo ended with 21 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 12 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two steals across 26 minutes during Friday's 142-82 win over Portland.
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